10 top new hotels, 5 sensational superyacht charters and 4 adventures in space. Plus, safe travels - essentials of private security. Also, Balkan beauty - cruising Croatia's coast in the Bently Continental GTC.
It was a moment of triumph, and Sir Richard Branson was savoring it: His VSS Enterprise had just gracefully touched down at San Francisco International Airport to become the first spaceship to land at a commercial airstrip. Striding through the terminal afterward, the Virgin Group founder could not help but gloat a little.
Our Bentley-hosted Croatian caper begins at the Hotel Monte Mulini, a 2-year-old structure of chrome, glass, and blond marble near the cobblestoned fishing village of Rovinj, on the Istrian Peninsula. A group of 2012 Continental GTCs—Grand Touring Convertibles—is assembled on the hotel’s portico under an undulant roof evidently inspired by the Adriatic Sea, to which the hotel property gently slopes.
Despite stormy conditions and dire forecasts in the yachting industry, the world’s top shipyards launched a flotilla of magnificent megayachts in 2011. Several of these dramatically appointed vessels recently joined the charter market, offering amenities ranging from an onboard Michelin-starred chef to a 46-foot inflatable waterslide.